Excerpt: The Witcher is the tale of Geralt of Rivia, a Witcher by trade. Witchers are monster hunters that are strong in both body and mind. Not only are they masters of blade and magic, they can also brew different alchemical potions that are used to boost their natural abilities. And most importantly, they also like to sleep around.
Excerpt: Polish author Andrzej Sapkawski's novels, detailing the exploits and struggles of the monster-slaying "witcher," were first adapted as comic books. A film, television series, and pen and paper RPG followed. Thanks to CD Projekt, the story is now playable in video game form on the PC. Although The Witcher falls prey to poor story-telling and weak control, the game remains full of atmosphere and character.
Conclusion: Overall, The Witcher delivers on its promises. While an ardent RPGer might miss the expansive free roaming of Oblivion, the highly absorbing storyline (which has been deliberately avoided in this review so as not to spoil it for those who buy the game on this strength) coupled with a game that, for once, actually makes good on claims of early decisions directly affecting the gameplay makes it a worthy addition to the burgeoning dark fantasy genre.
Excerpt: The Witcher is a role-playing game from Eastern European developer CD Projekt Red. It is based on the works of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, and it uses a modified version of BioWare’s Aurora engine (which was designed for the original Neverwinter Nights ). In the game you play a “witcher” named Geralt.
Excerpt: You are Geralt of Riviera, you have a rather large bump on your head, and life sucks. It’s the end of a five year war, and you don’t know where you are, who you are, or what you are. Thankfully, some kind souls are along shortly to get you back up on your feet. Once, you were a mighty monster hunter known as a Witcher, bringing down the mightiest and most feared creatures throughout the land for bounty and fame. Unfortunately, that’s no more.
Excerpt: The Witcher, if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve not been following, is a third person RPG developed by CDPROJEKT and published by Atari based on the works of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, and uses the popular Aurora engine, which in turn is the driving force behind the ever popular Neverwinter Nights series.
Conclusion: If you have a PC capable of running The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings it’s worth your time. However if you have a more average spec PC you won’t be able to enjoy the game at its best, and even the 360 version planned in November will surely be a watered down release compared to the Superior PC version. This is a game aimed at the adult gamer, but does it all with taste and timing.
Pros: The most lush graphics in any RPG today. A beacon of hope for future Adult games. Strategic challenging combat.
Cons: Tricky inventory system. Requires a Super Computer to play at its best.
Conclusion: The Witcher is a core gamer's delight. It looks hot, has a meaty story and we're the kind of folk who are most likely to tolerate (however grudgingly) the load times and occasional crash. The plot structure also has a fair stab at ensure long term playability, however there's not the greatest level of innovation here. Definitely a solid, impressive effort, but a cut below the upper echelon. Not that there is too many good examples of modern action RPGs on PC.
Pros: Looks the part, Adult themes that extend beyond boobies
Cons: PC only, Descends into repetitionville - unavoidable in any game running over 30-40 hours it seems.